This book examines the recent developments in computerized structural analysis and finite element analysis to re-appraise existing approximate techniques and to define their scope and limits more accurately. The book proposes new techniques and provides many numerical examples and comparisons with 'accurate' methods.
"This book…shows how some very simple calculations can produce answers almost identical to those generated from full 3D finite element analyses. this book shows that engineers don't always need a lot of computer power to perform seismic analyses and the techniques described should be useful for any designers who need quick anwsers to what may appear to be very difficult analysis problems - The Structural Engineer.
"The advent of computerised structural analysis and, in particular, of finite element programs has opened up vast possibilities for a fundamental reappraisal of existing approximate methods, including a more accurate definition of their scope and limits. A number of new methods are proposed. Many numerical examples and comparisons with "accurate" methods are given" - Concrete International
'…will be very useful for designers…a very good addition to the libraries of consulting engineers, engineering organisations, and academic institutions. …useful book with excellent printing, illustrations, and binding.' - Journal of Structural Engineering
Preface. Multi-storey building frames. Structural walls. Dual systems (structural walls and frames). Space structures. Pile foundations and retaining walls. Seismic design - basic concepts - approximate methods. Evaluation of existing buildings for seismic hazard. Postscript. Appendix A1: structural dynamics - main formulae. Appendix A2: techniques for finite elements computations. Appendix A3: methods of quantifying the structural rigidity. Appendix A4: glossary of earthquake engineering terms. Index.